In colonial America, some ministers were loyalists to the king of England. But those loyalties soon shifted after a few years of British taxation. The pulpit played a key role in encouraging dissent!
On the night of April 18, 1775, British troops from Boston marched into Concord.
The alarm was sounded to the colonists, and colonial troops confronted the British on the Lexington green. On April 19, 1775, the British troops retreated—marking the beginning of the Revolutionary War!
James Byrd, author of "Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution," wrote that one of the most cited verses during Revolutionary-era sermons and speeches was Galatians 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”